Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Thursday Thirteen No. 24

Thirteen Reasons to Get in Better Physical Condition

OK, I said at the beginning of the year that I needed to lose 100 lbs. I posted earlier this week that the battle had begun and that five pounds had already left the building. Well, most of us need a good reason to embark on a life changing endeavor. One of my blogging friends, Joyce suggested that I do a Thursday Thirteen on the reasons for getting in better shape. So, in no particular order of importance, here we go.
1. I feel better. I know that five pounds is a long way from 100, but the exercising is already making me feel better. I can actually tell a little difference in my clothing.
2. I may get off of the blood pressure medicine. I have been taking medicine for high blood pressure for about three years now. I have noticed that my blood pressure is dropping and is routinely in the normal zone (120/60) now, especially after exercise. Eliminating the need for BP medicine would save about $25.00 per month.
3. More energy. I love the grandcrew, but there are days that I can't keep up with them. That will change about 75 pounds from now. I want to be able to play a little basketball with Scooter and 'Em as well as play catch with "The Big Guy".
4. I hate shopping for XXL shirts! Yes, I shop for all of my own clothes and I enjoy the experience, I just don't like spending my day in the Big and Tall department. Regardless of what anyone says, the selection is not as good in that area of any store. It's getting better only because America is getting larger. I wouldn't mind being in the Tall department, it's the Big part that bugs me.
5. Magic Kingdom. We're taking our daughter, her husband, and the grandcrew to Disney World in about eight weeks. I would like to be 25 to 30 pounds lighter at that point. At thee pounds per week, that is statistically possible. The goal here is to not look like Jabba the Hut in swim trunks or opt out for just watching everyone else enjoy Typhoon Lagoon. I mean, I'm paying for this trip so what's the point if I can't enjoy it.
6. Wade fishing creeks and streams. Every year myself and several friends head to the Buffalo River to do some trout and small mouth bass fishing. Putting on the waders can be a chore. Getting them off can be an event for America's Funniest Home Videos. That needs to change. Besides, I am truly tired at the end of the day if I actually decide to do much wading. Again, the option currently is to stay on the bank and limit my opportunities to catch the big one. I hate that.
7. No longer be the person everyone else on the plane does not want sitting next to them because I take up more than my allotted space! That's all I'm going to say about that subject.
8. Be comfortable in any car...almost. OK, at 6' and even if I get to 195, I know I'm not gonna be comfortable in a Mini-Cooper, but I would like for the experience of entering and exiting the vehicle to be more normal.
9. Tie a tie without a real short and a real long end. I don't know if I need to explain that or not. I don't think so.
10. Motivate my daughter to lose weight as well. If I can do it, anybody can. With four kids and a hectic schedule, she has precious little time for herself, but she was a drop dead gorgeous teen and now she is filling out way too much and way too early in life.
11. Look more like the Department manager and not the old fat guy in the corner office. I don't think this needs any further explanation either.
12. Make my dad proud of me again. I know he is concerned about my weight and I'm pretty sure he says something about it to others. That's OK, because it's the truth. Don't get me wrong, dad is proud of me and all that I have accomplished in life, in every area of life. I'd just like to relieve his concerns about my weight and health.
13. Perhaps the most important reason for this mission is to make my wife happy. I love her and I want to do what makes her happy and is in the best interest of the family. Being healthier and living longer is in the best interest of our marriage. I am within five or six years of retirement and she wants me around for a long time after I retire. I know she has big plans for us to enjoy the retirement years together and she can't do that if I'm not around. Next month we will celebrate our thirty-fourth wedding anniversary (will most certainly be a multi-post event) and she wants me around to celebrate our fiftieth, sixtieth, and so on.
OK, now you know thirteen reasons why I'm on this mission. If you need to drop a few pounds or, like myself, lose a small person, then find your motivation where ever you can. Stay focused on the goal and celebrate the results. I will keep you informed. This is one of my accountability methods. I don't want to disappoint you either and I want to continue to bring you good news from the battlefront. So, now...what's your excuse? I didn't think so.


DoubleDeckerBusGuy said...

All excellent reasons! The best of luck... and I know I'll be reading of success of this endeavour shortly!

SandyCarlson said...

No. 4 caught my eye! I remember when I was pregnant that my husband bought me a men's XXXL T-shirt. He almost died. Poor guy. Never happened again, though!

kay said...

You have 13 excellent reasons to succeed. Good luck---and keep us posted! Happt TT.

marcia said...

Oh yes

forgetfulone said...

All great reasons. I should be doing the same. I have to admit I didn't "get" the one about the tie, but I've never tied one! Glad you're back.

Anonymous said...

The best of luck to you! Those are all fantastic reasons. My husband and I just started Weight Watchers this week.

Thanks for visiting! We did actually see a Cirque Du Soleil show while we were there, Ka. It was absolutely AMAZING. We were sitting so close that we could feel the fire on our faces! When we go later this year, I would like to see another one! (While you are in Orlando, check out La's another fantastic Cirque Du Soleil show. Our 3 year old even thoroughly enjoyed it!)

Anonymous said...

Those are some great reasons!
My hubby is doing Isagenix cleansing program and he has lost quite a bit of weight. He has a friend at work who was inspired and has started it up too and is in love with the program, he has lost even more than my hubby has! Just something you might like to check into....

Good luck no matter how you go about it!

Bond said...

Fantastic list - make me want to leave work and go to the gym

Nap Warden said...

Great list...good luck to you:)

Joyce said...

Cool... I'm famous!! Great TT Driller. I'm on the same journey. It's a long time in coming. I'm at 20 and holding (for now).

storyteller said...

These are all excellent reasons for getting rid of excess weight and Weight Watchers has worked for me. I use my PDA to ‘track’ food choices and find it much simpler than writing everything down on paper. The best thing for me was viewing the program as a ‘lifestyle’ change rather than a ‘weight loss’ program … then finding ways to make it ‘work’ for me. Best wishes on your journey.
Hugs and blessings,

Rhonda said...

I can't argue with you. These are all excellent excuses.
It's so true that we'd feel better if we did lose some...
I'm tired of my excuses.
Thanks for the inspiration!

Travis said...

Those are all excellent reasons. I'm trying desperately to manage this pain so I can get back to the gym. I really enjoy working out and I miss how it makes me feel.

Good luck!

cathy said...

Go for it!
A word to the wise, you shouldn't lose more than 2lbs a week after the initial stages because your body will break down muscle instead of fat if you do.YOUR HEART IS A MUSCLE. Losing waight too fast is bad for you.

Good Luck